Ergonomic chairs? Height-adjustable standing desks? Stationary desk bikes?
Actually by the looks of things, 2018 promises to shift focus away from specific models and makes, and instead turns the industry’s attention toward an office design approach that’s inspiring the most innovative workspaces.
The rise in popularity of ergonomic certification, coupled with biophilic design principles to workspaces is evidence that businesses are prioritising not only productivity, but also the well-being and comfort of their employees.
DOES BEING ON-TREND REALLY MATTER?
If fostering collaboration and increasing productivity through workplace design in 2018 is the goal, then yes, the trend toward human-centered design matters. According to a 2016 survey by the American Productivity and Quality Center, 56% of employees are stuck in static workspaces, such as cubicles, and designated offices behind closed doors. In today’s collaborative working environment, this type of office design may no longer support employees’ needs, and therefore hinders their productivity at work.
For companies setting up new office spaces or updating their commercial interiors, staying on trend will give businesses a cutting edge advantage in attracting and retaining top talent employees – people who are inspired to come to work each day.
WHAT WILL OFFICE LOOK LIKE IN 2018?
In the coming months, office design trends will build on the open office concept that has gained momentum in recent years. Workspaces will continue to be designed with collaboration, productivity and technology use in mind, while adding the comforts of home will promote employee well-being.
FURNITURE THAT FOSTERS COLLABORATION
Collaboration is linked to creativity and innovation. Therefore, designing collaborative office spaces should be an intentional process resulting in areas where natural interaction and collaboration can take place.
For example, an office with larger desks allows for more than one employee to sit and work together comfortably in the same space. Meanwhile, a smattering of touch down areas with sofas and other group seating options encourage spontaneous brainstorming sessions.
Minimising obstructions like walls, doors, and large room dividers enable workers to see and hear each other better. Reconfigurable office furniture helps employees optimise their work spaces for collaboration as needs shift from quiet individual work to small group work sessions to large group meetings.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE A ‘HOMEY’ OFFICE
As more and more employees opt for work-from-home arrangements, businesses will respond by designing office spaces with a ‘home away from home’ mentality, abandoning or reducing traditional office furniture.
Early adopters of this trend have incorporated workspaces that look more like dens or living rooms, communal kitchens or game rooms.
These features are designed to create a space where employees actually want to be – where they’ll gladly spend a bit of extra time to wrap up their tasks for the day. Furthermore, employees who feel comfortable in their work environment will feel less pressure and allow creativity to flow more freely.
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